I came across the photography of South African-based Warren Heath recently in one of the many shelter magazines sitting on my coffee table (not sure which one) and was immediately taken with the bright spaces he captures. Beauty and warmth is emphasized with sun streaming through the windows. And hot guy strategically perched on a sofa or leaning against a wall can’t help but lighten the mood.
mmmmmmmm… m. elle. It’s easy to see why this mother and daughters design team (Mary Lynn Turner and Marie and Emily Turner) made Elle Decor’s 5 to watch list. Sophisticated interiors throughout their portfolio but it was this mountain home that had me from the first picture. Understated elegance yes but also casual and inviting. Cocooned in dark rooms with blazing fires and layered textures. Enticed by the bright and white. It’s a stone and aged wooden beam dream with conifer clad hills thrown in for free. Retreat is definitely the right word. What a wonderful interpretation to match a stunning site.
I could not resist posting this request we got recently from Marcelo and Shanti: “We bought a house for us and our three kids… but the facade is ugly as it gets… Please help us as our kids are ashamed from the house…” I have to admit that this may be one of the ugliest exteriors I’ve ever seen.
Does anyone have any suggestions for these poor folks? I’m clueless when it comes to exteriors – and when it’s this wacky I’m even more clueless. (I would like to make one suggestion – that you save up some cash to get that top left window replaced so it can be the same size as the others).
Suze Yalof Schwartz of the blog Dwellers Without Decorators had emailed us a while back looking for curtain inspiration. She emailed again to share with us her fabulous newly renovated New York apartment and OMG did I ever have to share it with you all. It’s gorgeous and I love every square inch of it. Her home is very Jonathan Adler-esque (she even met him and told him so!). Here are some photos of her living room which she turned into a combined living/dining space (so she could use the dining room as an office/den). The architecture of this apartment is phenomenal and must have been so exciting to work with. (Decent existing architecture is so hard to find). I am smitten with the wall colour, the trim detail she added to the walls, her Jonathan Adler sofa, her dining chairs…
First, a couple before photos:
And voilà, the after, photographed by Dan Hallman.
Last week Suze began posting a room from her newly revamped apartment each day on her blog – so I had to include a few photos from some of the other spaces because each one is fabulous!
Behind this beautifully restored Edwardian facade is a house with two personalities. There is little to forewarn you as you stalk on by this Hawthorn, Melbourne home. Through a purple door the original rooms of the house give a hint at an owner who, while respecting the past, embraces modern design… the chairs, a light here and there, the colours. But then as you break through to the rear of the house a second home awaits you. Clever and contemporary, sleekly modern and definitely 21st century. But wait there’s more! The garden. OMG the garden! Did I say two for one? Make that three! If you need to ask the price you cannot of course afford it. It even has it’s own website for the sale.